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Offline Gyppo

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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2017, 04:38:41 AM »
Good to see the juggernaut is rolling.  Establishing a bit of momentum is a good thing.

That is excellent.

Too much praise ;-)  It's just a start, a priming of the pump.

I sometimes think of a story which is attributed to Winston Churchill, a man who liked 'dabbling in watercolour painting' even though he didn't think he was particularly good at it.  He once met a lady painter who was set up with her easel, looking at the countryside in front of her.

"I don't know how to start."   Clearly suffering from white sheet paralysis,

Churchill picked up one of her brushes, loaded it with paint and drew a wavy line across the middle of the page.  

"There.  It's started.  All you need to do is finish it."

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He was right.  There's a commitment in that first brushstroke, that first sentence, that first tap of the chisel for a sculptor, which paralyses many.  Others find starting easy but agonise over when and where to finish.

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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2017, 12:04:11 PM »


 1  You Then Me



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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2017, 12:06:55 PM »
An observation from my bicycle ride this morning. I don't know about 30, but I'll chime in as I can.


Twins

Eva and Neva
cropped hair silver in the sun
amble arched over
in matching blue blouses,
pink pants, tan flats.

They’ve dressed alike
for eight decades,
their wardrobes identical,
outfits hung in their closets
in the same order, by color.

I hate pink to this day.
Mother dressed my sister and me
in identical outfits, except
hers was always blue and mine
was pink – light pink –
like a baby.

Offline Catherine F

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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2017, 01:34:13 PM »

  Back on the Napo train !

A year has passed in vain
For here I am again
My fingers clenching a pen
Rummaging through my brain
Scrabbling about in pain
Snooping'n grubbing'n
Combing every word written
For inspiration to gain
But only rhymes too plain
Run into my vein.

I should better abstain.


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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2017, 01:36:57 PM »
Hi everyone! So nice to read your lines. I'm very happy to share this month with you again.
Many friendly feelings to all of you  :)

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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2017, 01:41:26 PM »
What an absolute delight to read these offerings.  Welcome back all ;D ;D ;D

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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2017, 02:30:48 PM »

So hit Reply and don't you lie
the words will fall in line
by and by. Hiya Cath
and Kate, been a while.
I see Tom and drab
and Gyppo too -
it must be Napo time
for me and all of you
 


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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2017, 03:19:58 PM »
Im sitting at home
and have got to write a pome
wont be creme de la fucking cream
Or even midsummer nights bloody dream
But it is the first of april
And where theres a will
Theres gotta be a way
So lets not worry it will
Soon be May...........
Just a well-read punk peasant

Going to church makes you a christian as much as standing in a garage makes you a car!

Offline Catherine F

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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2017, 03:24:18 PM »
What an absolute delight to read these offerings. 
Totally agree  :)

Already working on number two (no time for it tomorrow). Find it so frustrating to punctuate poetry: it takes off all the leave for interpretation, the margin of uncertainty. What did he/she mean? Who's pale, the lady's cheek or the sky? This is what I like in reading poetry: my own print as a reader. (Do you see what I mean?)
Do you place commas, full stops, easily in your poems?

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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2017, 03:38:21 PM »
Do you place commas, full stops, easily in your poems?

The punctuation goes in almost automatically, but then I find myself taking some of it back out.
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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2017, 03:45:01 PM »
The punctuation goes in almost automatically, but then I find myself taking some of it back out.

Right, it does. But on second thoughts I take it out most of the time!

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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2017, 03:55:11 PM »
The punctuation goes in almost automatically, but then I find myself taking some of it back out.

yup!

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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #27 on: April 01, 2017, 04:13:35 PM »
Thinking about this.  I have a lifetime of habit with punctuation, but sometimes, with shorter forms like poetry, it does seem to be too obtrusive, too loud as it were.  Which is bizarre because in my mind punctuation is supposed to clarify, not obscure.

I generally have no time for poems totally lacking in punctuation or capital letters.  Avoiding it altogether seems like a cop-out.  But occasionally I read something which still makes sense despite this.  Am I confused?  Sometimes, yes;-)

Will I have a blinding Damascene conversion on the way to May?  Probably not, but I dare say a few deep-rooted convictions will be gently questioned and a few prejudices could get a partial overhaul.   

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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #28 on: April 01, 2017, 05:37:54 PM »
Thinking about this.  I have a lifetime of habit with punctuation, but sometimes, with shorter forms like poetry, it does seem to be too obtrusive, too loud as it were.  Which is bizarre because in my mind punctuation is supposed to clarify, not obscure.

I generally have no time for poems totally lacking in punctuation or capital letters.  Avoiding it altogether seems like a cop-out.  But occasionally I read something which still makes sense despite this.  Am I confused?  Sometimes, yes;-)

Will I have a blinding Damascene conversion on the way to May?  Probably not, but I dare say a few deep-rooted convictions will be gently questioned and a few prejudices could get a partial overhaul.   

Gyppo

I find writing poetry screws me up sometimes in regular ol' writing and editing. I opt for fewer punctuation marks; whereas, my counterparts argue for more. I know it is the less is more mentality of poetry that is guiding me.

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Re: National Poetry Writing Month - Welcome!
« Reply #29 on: April 01, 2017, 05:42:38 PM »
Here's my # 2

     Shaking shades

A stream of clouds stumbles down the sky -
Silver waves raging -
Dark tide.
A thin moon appears
Sometimes -
A lightless white blade
Soon veiled -
An absence
Blown in the wind
Of the dull storm
Like a sad seagull
When tears flood
The flow
Of an Ocean.